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Conference Programme

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Saturday 28th March 2020 

7.30 - 8.30 Coffee and Registration

Café e Credenciamento

 

8.30 - 9.00 🎧 Opening ceremony
Cerimônia de Abertura - Theatre
9.00 - 10.15 🎧 Saturday morning keynote address - Phil Badham: Imprints of Learning: The Case for Creativity in the Contemporary Classroom
Phil reflects on the real imperative for creative learning in modern times whilst celebrating a wide range of inspiring projects, schools, teachers and pupils putting creativity at the heart of their educational experiences and using it to make their mark on a disruptive modern world.  Phil Badham Theatre
10.45 - 12.15 🎧 Saturday morning workshops (choose one, end times are staggered)
🎧  SM01 – What can we learn from pedagogy and practice in the creative arts? (10.45 – 12.15)

The creative arts are often seen as being ‘different’ in some way from other subjects. However, pedagogy and practice in music, drama, art and more are built upon really effective pedagogical approaches that we know work well to support learning across all disciplines - from effective modelling and scaffolding to use of cycles of practice and feedback - and with groups of pupils who often have very different starting points. Drawing on research, this session explores what teachers in all subject areas and phases can learn from the creative arts. 

 

Cat Scutt Theatre
SM02 – Leading Great Teaching (10.45 – 11.45)

David Weston will guide you through the keys to leading creative schools and teams where people get better. Exploring the literature on change, performance and school improvement, David will share practical strategies and key ideas that help any school leader to ensure that their efforts are getting real traction and that improvement is being led by everyone, not just at the top.  This session is aimed at people who lead teams or schools.

David Weston Theatre foyer
SM03 – How Virtual Reality is transforming how children learn (10.45 – 11.45)

This is a practical session for teachers and school leaders, looking at how to introduce and use VR in both Primary and Secondary classrooms. AI specialist Mark Steed will share lessons learned from the journey of the school he led in Dubai. Participants will leave equipped with a list of Dos and Don’ts for using virtual reality in the classroom.

 

Mark Steed Drama studio
SM04 - Challenging Children’s Creative Thinking in the Early Years (10.45 – 12)

Challenging children’s thinking involves three key areas: the role of the adult; the learning environment; and tuning into what children do. As well as exploring these aspects, this workshop will reflect on the valuable process of sustained, shared thinking, and what this might involve. When adults engage in this way, they often find out more about children’s thinking. Anni will use film and images to illustrate examples of sustained, shared thinking in action. Relevant research will highlight some of the important benefits of challenging children’s creative thinking and learning.

 

Anni McTavish

PPMP

(Pre-Prep Multipurpose Room)

SM05 - Creative planning with whole texts in KS1 (ages 5-7) – (10.45 to 12.15)

Working creatively with carefully chosen picture books can provide an exciting context for a range of language and literacy work and have a dramatic impact on children’s engagement and achievement. In this practical workshop, suitable for KS1 class teachers, English subject leaders and Curriculum managers, we will explore a selected picture book using a sequence of linked talk, role play and other playful arts-based approaches. Participants will be introduced to key guidelines for planning with a whole text including how to choose appropriate books, the types of approaches to use, opportunities for a range of writing and the potential for learning in other curriculum areas.

 

Sue McGonigle Library (Learning Resources Centre)
SM06 – Dance: mind, body, and soul! (10.45 – 11.45)

On a physical level, dance can provide the many benefits of traditional exercise: improved health, coordination, movement and muscle tone.  Dance can also enhance thinking skills, motivation, posture, and mood.  When you dance, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body. Whether ballet, jazz, tap, or samba, music can help engage the mind and the body.  The mind, body, and soul all react to music. Come and find out how in this practical dance workshop!

 

Kyone Ogura Multi-purpose room (sports centre)
SM07 – Re-framing classroom communication and challenging implicit bias (10.45 – 11.45)

We are all Homo sapiens and therefore, biased. How does this innate characteristic prevent creative learning, and more importantly - how can you challenge implicit bias to enable deep learning in the classroom? There is solid research that analyses bias, its origins and impacts. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers encourages us to "walk boldly towards them", but how exactly do we do that? This workshop will look into the scientific theories about cognition which explore human bias and through this understanding develop self-awareness and become more open to ideas to challenge and diminish our preconceptions.

 

Rubia Gaissler, St. Paul’s School Music 1
SM08 – Learning to envision - From the studio to Your classroom (10.45 to 12.15)

Observing and envisioning are ends of the same continuum, but not always properly differentiated as a learning tool. In this workshop, you will use sculpture as a way to spark creativity and imagination. You will discover new ways to envision solutions to problems and adapt to changes, and come away with practical tools that can be applied to your work in any academic area.

 

Ana Leticia Hecker, St. Paul’s School Art studio
SM09 – Reimagining play-based pedagogy for innovative learning at all ages (10.45 to 12.15)

This workshop will propose a new conception of play-based pedagogy for innovative learning for students from early childhood to high school.  By first discussing multiple views of play and play-based teaching and learning, a new play-based pedagogic framework will be presented within the overarching perspective of play as a joint cultural activity, importantly involving concept formation and reflection upon action.  Participants will then be given a groupwork task, in order to make the relation between theory and practice.  Finally, participants will engage in a conversation about what they've experienced and its potential implications on innovation and pupil empowerment.

 

Sarah Weiler, Stance Dual School Music 2
SM10 – Building a culture of character with enthusiasm and creativity (10.45 to 12.15)

Can one teacher impact positively a pupil's character? Do you feel equipped to change the culture in your classroom? What is the role of creativity in character development? In this workshop we will discuss the concepts of character, virtues and "culture of character". We will present simple and practical ideas that aid in the development of an environment where virtues are valued and practised. Participants will be introduced to the 4 strategic pillars upon which a teacher can build a Culture of Character in the classroom. We will explore the importance of investing time in the development of empathy, team spirit and respect. Beyond ready-made character development programs, we believe that a teacher's enthusiasm and creativity are the key to the construction of a Culture of Character in the classroom. This workshop includes theory, reflections, brain storming and practical tips. Join us!

 

Sonia Kaba Pardo and Alessandra Rocha, Virtus S4 (Science)
SM11 – Design thinking: Rebuilding your mindset (10.45 to 12.15)

Collective thinking and creative learning can be challenging without a proper mindset. Come and see for yourself how design thinking operates.

 

 

 

Renato Mader, ESPM S3 (Science)
SM12 - Waves of Music: A joyful STEM approach to learning mathematics and science

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore the science and mathematics behind the music. As much as music, science, and mathematics based on the STEM approach can be joyful for teachers and students, integrating creativity, contents, and skills. Music, arts, and science will be produced using voice, sound instruments and computers.

Marcos Paim Anderson Sakuma, Educando S2 (Science)
1.00 - 2.00 🎧 Saturday afternoon keynote - Automated Systems, AI and the #FutureSchool of the mid-C21
Palestra principal
What is AI? How does it work? How is it going to change the work-place? What are the ethical implications of AI? What are the implications for schooling? How can we use AI and automated systems in schools?  Will AI ever replace teachers?
Mark Steed Theatre
2.00 - 3.30 🎧 Saturday afternoon workshops - choose one (end times staggered)
🎧 SA01 – Creative teacher enquiry (2 – 3)

David Weston will outline some key models and principles that teachers can use to creatively enquire into their own practice. He will explore models such as lesson study, spirals of enquiry, and professional learning communities. David will look at how different themes could be weaved into this process, including looking at creativity and literacy.

 

David Weston Theatre
SA02 – A Guide to designing creative projects for pupils (2 – 3)

Phil breaks down his workflow on how to design and run effective and engaging creative projects for students, using examples from a variety of schools, subjects and contexts.

 

Phil Badham Arts studio
SA03 – Nurturing creativity through the arts (2 – 3.15)

Expressive arts and design can offer exciting possibilities to explore and develop young children’s creativity and critical thinking. Creative attitudes, such as innovation, persistence and inventiveness can all be nurtured through a rich variety of art experiences. Together with links to theory and educationalists of our time, Anni will share some inspiring examples from recent creative projects. Practitioners will have the chance to hear about a range of practical ideas, and consider ways in which they might use art and design to enhance children’s creative thinking and learning.

 

Anni McTavish PPMP (Pre-Prep Multipurpose Room)
SA04 – Creative planning with whole texts in KS2 (ages 7-11) – (2 – 3.30)

Working creatively with carefully chosen children’s literature can provide an exciting context for a range of language and literacy work and have a dramatic impact on children’s engagement and achievement.

In this practical workshop, suitable for KS2 class teachers, English subject leaders and curriculum managers, we will explore a selected picture book using a sequence of linked talk, drama and other arts-based approaches. Participants will be introduced to key guidelines for planning with a whole text including how to select appropriate books, the types of teaching approaches to use, opportunities for a range of writing outcomes and the potential for meaningful cross curricular links.

 

Sue McGonigle Library (Learning Resources Centre)
SA05 – The problem with ‘21st Century Skills’ (2 – 3.15)

The need for pupils to develop ‘21st Century Skills’ in order to succeed in the workplace is often cited by educators, policy-makers and employers alike - and ‘creativity’ is often one of the skills on this list. But the idea that schools should develop 21st century skills is not unproblematic. Is the role of schools simply to produce ‘future employees’? Are these skills really ‘new’, or have we always sought to develop them? Can skills such as ‘problem-solving’ really be taught in isolation, or do they rely upon subject expertise? This session looks at the relationship between skills - including ‘21st Century Skills’ - and knowledge, how these are developed and measured, and how they relate to wider questions about the purpose of education. 

 

Cat Scutt Theatre foyer
SA06 – Using digital technology creatively through literacy in a Primary setting (2 – 3.30)

Born into a digital world, technology is at the fingertips of our very youngest children. As early educators it is important for us to find ways to compete with the often pervasive and passive use of digital devices and find ways for children to create and explore using technology. In the St. Paul’s Pre-Prep School (pupils aged 3-6), a digital project over the last two years has transformed the way that children engage with digital devices. Digital tools have been rebranded for use in creative ways, now simply used as an additional material with which to manipulate and represent children’s thoughts, ideas and feelings. This workshop aims to take its attendees on a creative journey to explore digital tools and implement them while delivering the curriculum. We will share key documentation and ideas from our digital learning journey thus far.

 

Kari Olsen & Barbara Ramos, St. Paul’s School Music 2
SA07 – Yoga: Flow and Fly (2 – 3.30)

From the youngest age, our first way of being creative is with our bodies - as we get older, we lose contact with this and see our bodies as practical, functional tools. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to play and be creative in a fun, safe space, where you can reconnect with your inner creative side that we all have tucked up inside us. By fostering this creativity, you will be able to take this with you into other areas of your personal and working lives.

Laura Gilmartin, St. Paul’s School Multi-purpose room (sports centre)
SA08 – Creative classroom interactions to maximize communication and collaboration: the power of questions (2 – 3)

Based on U Penn’s EDX course on "Understanding classroom interactions", we will examine the power of questions formulated by teachers and pupils in the classroom and how these can be positive interactions to foster learning. We will discuss how to use creativity when planning and answering questions and how a teacher can overcome the very common fear of not getting any answers (and if we should have this fear at all).

Thiago Aquino, St. Paul’s School S4 (Science)
SA09 – Meditation in the classroom (2 – 3.30)

This workshop offers insights into how to use meditation in the classroom to improve attention and learning, and to relieve stress. To that end, the course will explore simple meditation techniques to use in the classroom with in activities involving the pupils, and / or by the teachers alone to support their own wellbeing. After all, teaching can be stressful, and the benefits of meditation on stress reduction have been well documented. The workshop is organised in two parts: the first part focuses on meditation techniques that can be used anywhere, alone or in group.  The second part introduces the concept of contemplative pedagogy, how it fosters learning, and provides a practical session of one such a technique, Lectio Divina, which has its roots in Ancient Greece and has been rediscovered recently as a helpful group learning tool.

 

Alexandre Gracisoso, ESPM Music 1
SA10 – Oil Spill: A STEM approach to learning environmental sciences (2 – 3.30)

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to study in a hands-on way, environmental sciences applied to an accidental oil spill simulation. Some techniques to tackle the spill will be tested in a didactic manner with simple materials, offering no risks to the participants. They can be applied with the pupils in the classroom.

 

Marcos Paim Anderson Sakuma, Educando S3 (Science)
SA11 – Nurturing creative thinkers (2 – 3)

This workshop critically evaluates the notion that methods of enquiry can facilitate more creative thinkers and examines how schools successfully embed these learning dispositions into their curriculum. Participants will reflect upon leading pedagogy and case studies before sharing their own experiences and discussing how we as educators can meet the challenges presented.

 

Alistair Kennedy, St. Paul's School S2 (Science)

Sunday 29th March 2020

8.30 - 9.45 🎧 Sunday morning keynote address – Can we teach ‘creativity’?
Palestra principal

What is creativity? Why is it important? Is it domain-specific or more generic? What does it look like in different subjects? How does it relate to subject knowledge? Can it be taught - and if so, how? Can we measure it? And do we need to? This session explores these questions and more, looking at a range of research, theory and practice around curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to understand how we might best be able to support the learning and development of our pupils.

Cat Scutt

Theatre

9.45 - 10.15 Coffee and exhibition
Café e Exposição

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Covered area

10.15 - 11.45 Sunday morning workshops – choose one (end times staggered)
🎧 SUM01 - Creativity and metacognition (10.15 – 11.15)

A session of practical ideas for introducing metacognitive strategies into the classroom at any age or level. Improving students’ metacognition (‘thinking about thinking’) can accelerate learning, increase learner autonomy and self-regulation, and develop creative problem-solving skills.

Phil Badham Theatre
SUM02 - Creative teacher enquiry (10.15 – 11.15)

David Weston will outline some key models and principles that teachers can use to creatively enquire into their own practice. He will explore models such as lesson study, spirals of enquiry, and professional learning communities. David will look at how different themes could be weaved into this process, including looking at creativity and literacy.

David Weston Theatre foyer
SUM03 - Nurturing creativity through the arts (10.15 – 11.30)

Expressive arts and design can offer exciting possibilities to explore and develop young children’s creativity and critical thinking. Creative attitudes, such as innovation, persistence and inventiveness can all be nurtured through a rich variety of art experiences. Together with links to theory and educationalists of our time, Anni will share some inspiring examples from recent creative projects. Practitioners will have the chance to hear about a range of practical ideas, and consider ways in which they might use art and design to enhance children’s creative thinking and learning.

Anni McTavish PPMP (Pre-Prep Multipurpose Room)
SUM04 - Creative planning with whole texts in KS1 (ages 5-7) (10.15 – 11.45)

Working creatively with carefully chosen picture books can provide an exciting context for a range of language and literacy work and have a dramatic impact on children’s engagement and achievement. In this practical workshop, suitable for KS1 class teachers, English subject leaders and curriculum managers, we will explore a selected picture book using a sequence of linked talk, role play and other playful arts-based approaches. Participants will be introduced to key guidelines for planning with a whole text including how to choose appropriate books, the types of approaches to use, opportunities for a range of writing and the potential for learning in other curriculum areas.

Sue McGonigle Library (Learning Resources Centre)
SUM05 - How Virtual Reality is transforming how children learn (10.15 – 11.15)

This is a practical session for teachers and school leaders, looking at how to introduce and use VR in both Primary and Secondary classrooms. AI specialist Mark Steed will share lessons learned from the journey of the school he led in Dubai. Participants will leave equipped with a list of Dos and Don’ts for using virtual reality in the classroom.

Mark Steed Music 1
SUM06 - Designing, developing and implanting a pupil centred learning environment that fosters a creative sense of self: Initial considerations (10.15 – 11.45)

Together we will reflect on the nature of creativity as an inherent human trait -tracing key historical developments and identifying salient features of the creative process, past and present.  We will also look at examples of creative actions from everyday life (not only from the arts but other areas of intellectual pursuit). A quick look at how the brain/mind/body work together to enable creativity will lead onto practical exercises, designed to link theory to practice. We will offer ideas which practitioners can take back to their learning environments allowing them to place the creative act at the heart of learning. We suggest that this is a win-win situation for all learners. 

Barry Hallinan and Simone Rebelo, St. Paul’s School Art studio
SUM07 - Ballroom and Latin dancing (10.15 – 11.45)

Back by popular demand! Following the huge success at the 2018 conference the dancing workshop will return in force this year. This will be an excellent way to communicate, collaborate and show off your creative side as well as unleash the inner dancer in you. No experience is required but an open-mindedness to learn something new and fun will be encouraged. The aim once again is to give everyone the opportunity to learn two new dances, meet new people and have fun.

Mark Harris, St. Paul’s School Multi-purpose room (sports centre)
SUM08 - A Creative approach to learning centres (10.15 – 11.45)

This workshop aims to illustrate the creative use of centres in the classroom to help promote meaningful, child-led learning. We will also demonstrate and share ideas on how these can be implemented in a variety of ways to cater to different learning styles.

Victoria Hughes, Talula Santos and Nathalie Mello, St. Paul’s School Drama studio
SUM09 - Waves of Music: A joyful STEM approach to learning mathematics and science (10.15 – 11.45)

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore the science and mathematics behind the music. As much as music, science, and mathematics based on the STEM approach can be joyful for teachers and students, integrating creativity, contents, and skills. Music, arts, and science will be produced using voice, sound instruments and computers.

Marcos Paim Anderson Sakuma, Educando S2 (Science)
12.30 - 2.00 Sunday afternoon workshops - choose one (start times staggered)
🎧  SUA01 - Transforming what we do in the Classroom – moving from 2D to 3D learning (1 - 2)

This session will look at how apps have enabled us to move from 2D learning (textbooks and videos) and outcomes (work in books and for wall displays) to 3D learning (e.g. augmented reality) and outcomes which foster creativity (e.g. making movies and using green screen). The session will trace how traditional topics, such as exploring how the heart and the solar system work, have been transformed by digital technologies. The session will be illustrated with examples of how these are being used in practice at Kellett School, Hong Kong.

Mark Steed Theatre
SUA02 – What can we learn from pedagogy and practice in the creative arts? (12.45 - 2) 

The creative arts are often seen as being ‘different’ in some way from other subjects. However, pedagogy and practice in music, drama, art and more is built upon really effective of pedagogical approaches that we know work well to support learning across all disciplines - from effective modelling and scaffolding to use of cycles of practice and feedback - and with groups of pupils who often have very different starting points. Drawing on research, this session explores what teachers in all subject areas and phases can learn from the creative arts. 

Cat Scutt Music 1
SUA03 - Challenging Children’s Creative Thinking in the Early Years (12.45 – 2)

Challenging children’s thinking involves three key areas: the role of the adult; the learning environment; and tuning-into what children do. As well as exploring these aspects, this workshop will reflect on the valuable process of sustained, shared thinking, and what this might involve. When adults engage in this way, they often find out more about children’s thinking. Anni will use film and images to illustrate examples of sustained, shared thinking in action. Relevant research will highlight some of the important benefits of challenging children’s creative thinking and learning.

Anni McTavish PPMP (Pre-Prep Multipurpose Room)
SUA04 – Creative approaches to more effective learning (1 – 2)

This session looks at how teachers can master questioning to deepen learning, and how learners can become master questioners too!

Phil Badham Theatre foyer
SUA05 – Creative planning with whole texts in KS2 (ages 7-11) – (12.30 – 2)

Working creatively with carefully chosen children’s literature can provide an exciting context for a range of language and literacy work and have a dramatic impact on children’s engagement and achievement.

In this practical workshop, suitable for KS2 class teachers, English subject leaders and curriculum managers, we will explore a selected picture book using a sequence of linked talk, drama and other arts-based approaches. Participants will be introduced to key guidelines for planning with a whole text including how to select appropriate books, the types of teaching approaches to use, opportunities for a range of writing outcomes and the potential for meaningful cross curricular links.

Sue McGonigle Library (Learning Resources Centre)
SUA06 – Blind drawing - hand-eye communication (1 – 2)

Forget “how things ought to be”, and embrace what creativity really means in this practical drawing workshop. Hand-eye communication allows you to create a graphical interpretation of what you are really seeing, rather than what you expect something to look like. This liberating exercise extends well beyond the realm of the arts – being creative allows you to embrace reality rather than clinging to pre-defined expectations. Come and be creative, and surprise yourself with what you can produce!

Julia Ferreira, St. Paul’s School Art studio
SUA07 – Building a culture of character with enthusiasm and creativity (12.30 – 2)

Can one teacher impact positively a pupil's character? Do you feel equipped to change the culture in your classroom? What is the role of creativity in character development? In this workshop we will discuss the concepts of character, virtues and "culture of character". We will present simple and practical ideas that aid in the development of an environment where virtues are valued and practiced. Participants will be introduced to the 4 strategic pillars upon which a teacher can build a Culture of Character in the classroom. We will explore the importance of investing time in the development of empathy, team spirit and respect among students. Beyond ready made character development programs, we believe that a teacher's enthusiasm and creativity are the key to the construction of a Culture of Character in the classroom. This workshop includes theory, reflections, brain storming and practical tips. Join us!

Sonia Kaba Pardo and Alessandra Rocha, Virtus Drama studio
SUA08 – Northern Italian education: Pistoia, a case-study (1 – 2 pm)

Over the past couple of years, some of the early years teachers at St. Paul's School have had the opportunity of visiting Pistoia, in Northern Italy. Northern Italy’s educational system has been the object of many researchers’ interest over the past couple of decades, all seeking a fascinating formula which motivates Italian children and families to actively pursue education and collaborate with educators in making school a very creative place to be.

During the workshop we will:

- provide a general panorama of the principals of Pistoian education

- explain how the trip and daily routine were set up

- share the research questions which guided our trips and findings regarding Pistoian education

- exchange experiences and training regarding other Northern Italian practices with attendees

Paula Fulchignoni, Sarah Ellis, Fabiana D'Elboux, Tatiana Barreto and Flavia Montello,
St. Paul’s School
Music 2
SUA09 – Oil Spill: A STEM approach to learning environmental sciences (12.30 – 2 pm)

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to study in a hands-on way, environmental sciences applied to an accidental oil spill simulation. Some techniques to tackle the spill will be tested in a didactic manner with simple materials, offering no risks to the participants. They can be applied with the pupils in the classroom.

Marcos Paim Anderson Sakuma, Educando S3 (Science)
2.00 - 3.00 🎧 Closing keynote - Unleashing great teaching
Palestra de encerramento

In this keynote talk, David Weston will explore how schools can unlock potential and creativity in every teacher and every classroom. Drawing on research and examples from leading schools, he will explore how we can create a culture of collaboration that empowers teaching teams to improve, day-in, day-out.  

David Weston Theatre

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